Fresh Look – Stigmatized political identities

Mention the term “stigma” and most of us think about people who are out of the conventional mainstream: gay, racial/ethnic/religious minorities, disabled, or diseased. We typically don’t think of people who are committed to causes that are at odds with…

Fresh Look – Caring too much about what others think

Many of us strive to maintain a personal brand that exemplifies the best in an organization.[1] Generally, this involves acting dedicated, moral and generous. However, there are personal costs to such a branding strategy. If you become overly concerned about…

Fresh Look – common impression management mistakes

A new study concludes that people who strive to manage the impressions others have of them typically fail.[1] Ineptness in impression management has not been the subject of much research, but apparently those who strive to cultivate a brand or…

Fresh Look – To get ahead, act modestly.

In a recent post, I discussed the value of being humble if you are a leader. Apparently, the value of humility extends to non-leaders as well, for it has been shown that one display of humility, modesty, is related to…

Fresh Look – Dressing for success vs. dressing to avoid failure

In past blogs, I have emphasized the promotional value of a good brand. Cleverly crafted and implemented, a good brand is vital to your political success. For the most part, a good brand also immunizes you against failure. However, there…

Fresh Look – Negative brands

Personal brand or reputation is a short hand that allows others to assess a person’s potential for performing a job or a future career opportunity. They may be accurate (reputation = ability) or not, and they may be relevant (reputation…

Paltering

Research on the subject of deception has distinguished lying by commission from lying by omission. The former refers to the use of false statement (e.g., agreeing with the boss when one clearly does not) while the latter involves misleading by…

What’s wrong with having a “happy” brand?

People who are known to be upbeat and very positive are exploited more than people who are known as moderately happy. That is the conclusion of a study that compared the two.[1] In general, very happy people are also seen…

If you get bad performance feedback, don’t cry!

This is not advice from a mother to her young son, but the practical implication of a piece of research that just appeared. It was directed not to women, but to adult men. Now you may ask whether men actually…

The political significance of being playful

Are you a playful person? Take the test below to find out. Directions: Indicate your level of agreement with all of the following items with the following scale: 4=strongly agree 3=agree 2=disagree 1=strongly disagree ___1. I frequently do playful things…